A couple weeks ago I posted about finding another gear during a hard swim set. Yesterday was another example of that... toward the end of our main set I was really working and feeling quite tired and wondering how the heck I was going to go even faster for the next 200... and then even faster than that for the last 100? But I managed to pull it off. Somehow. Love those swimming gears! Unfortunately I haven't exactly found those gears while running.
Jen must have read that post, because today I was told to go to the track and do a switching gears workout that included some as hard as you can go 400's in the middle of a continuous 4 miles. So much for waiting until after Ironman training is over to go find my other gears on the run.
So I got about half way through the workout, pleasantly surprised that I was actually hitting the goal times Jen set out for me (I think she thinks I'm a faster runner than I actually am because she's always telling me to run some crazy pace and I'm like, um, what??).
I was starting to feel like a wet noodle and my legs were starting to malfunction (am I going to trip over myself???) and I really thought that I wasn't going to be able to keep this up for 4 more repeats. The pivotal moment in your head during a workout... keep pushing? Or give up and call it a day? But I reminded myself about the gears I have in the pool and tried to switch them over to the track.
"You have the gears in the pool, Michelle... transfer 'em here on the track..." I repeated that over and over to myself during the 5th fast repeat.
And when I got to #6, I thought, "No. It's not that I have gears in the pool. I have gears INSIDE ME. It's time to push yourself, Michelle. You know how to do this."
"The gears are inside me. The gears are inside me..." That became my mantra for the rest of the intervals.
And I did it. I nailed the paces, last one fastest one, feeling like I might just puke. The workout was a major success, not just because I hit the times, but because I learned that I don't actually have access to some secret special gears in the pool. The gears are inside me. I can take them with me wherever I go. I am not limited to only using them in the pool. Now, I can use them at the track! :)
Where are your gears? They are INSIDE YOU.